One of the world-class chamber ensembles of its generation, the ST. LAWRENCE STRING QUARTET has “a sound that has just about everything one wants from a quartet: most notably, precision, warmth and an electricity that conveys the excitement of playing whatever is on their stands at the moment.” — The New York Times

On Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. in the Alex & Faye Spanos Theatre, Cal Poly Arts presents the acclaimed musicians performing their innovative “Haydn Discovery Session” – an in-depth exploration of the famed composer’s extraordinary string quartets.

Franz Josef Haydn has been a passion for SLSQ since their founding in 1989, and their mission of the “Haydn Discovery Session” is to “shift common perspective from ‘pleasant opening music’ to ‘radical, passionate innovator’!” Led by violinist Geoff Nuttall, SLSQ explores a Haydn quartet in depth at the beginning of the performance and then plays the piece through, with the aim to engage the audience in active listening, creating a much deeper appreciation of Haydn’s compositional genius.

“Haydn is the ultimate rock star for me,” Nuttall says. “He uses music to express human stuff – emotion, joy, humor. For me, his music is so visceral and so ‘gettable.’ It makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up. That’s what I want people to feel.”

The evening’s program includes String Quartet in Eb-Major, Op. 33, No. 2 (Hob.III.38) “The Joke” and String Quartet in C major, Op. 76, No. 3 “Emperor.”

The SLSQ continues to build its reputation for imaginative and spontaneous music-making through an energetic commitment to the great established quartet literature, as well as the championing of new works. The quartet performs over 120 concerts annually worldwide and is Ensemble in Residence at Stanford University.

Student and adult tickets are $36 & $45 respectively and may be purchased at the Cal Poly Ticket Office by phone at 756-4849, online at, or in person at the Ticket Office Monday – Saturday, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., One Grand Avenue in San Luis Obispo.

Sponsored by Joseph Schwartz, M.D. & Barbara Schwartz Boom in memory of Nancy Speed, M.D. and by The Tribune/

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